Here’s just a small sampling of some of the press Asheville Mardis has gotten over the past 10 years. And we’re just getting started!


Waaay back in 2008

The evolution of the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade/Mountain Xpress

If the weather cooperates on Sunday, Feb. 15, Asheville Mardi Gras executive committee Chair Hobbit Hawes estimates there could be more than 5,000 people lining Wall Street, Battery Park Avenue, Haywood Street and Page Avenue for the volunteer organization’s annual parade. Drawing such a crowd to the family-friendly atmosphere are various krewes. Dressed in elaborate costumes, these groups spread cheer in the streets and from atop floats. Past floats included a 10-by-10-foot pyramid circled by three giant spaceships, and a massive wedding cake upon which Hawes and his then-fiancée Tamra were married.

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First rate Second Line: Asheville’s Mardi Gras marching band/Mountain Xpress

Even though this particular celebration marches to the beat of a very different drummer, it wouldn’t be a parade without a band. And it wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras parade without a second line band — hence the local collective Asheville Second Line.

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In photos: Asheville Mardi Gras’ Cajun Cookoff/Mountain Xpress

Asheville Mardi Gras’ Cajun Cookoff paired costumes with cameraderie at the Millroom on Sunday, Jan. 25.

The fundraising event, benefiting the Mardi Gras parade and Queen’s Ball (to be held Sunday, Feb. 15) as well as MANNA FoodBank, saw Cajun and zydeco fusion band Bayou Diesel playing to a decked out crowd in a venue brimming with colorful costumes.

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Asheville Mardis Gras Parade/Romantic Asheville 

Join the fun at this family-friendly spectacle showcasing our local personality and creativity. Asheville’s Mardi Gras Parade downtown celebration is rapidly growing as more and more sparkles, feathers, and beads show up each year to march in the annual parade with this year’s King and Queen, dancers, roller skaters, drummers and krewes of colorful characters.

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Parade and family fun: Celebrate Asheville Mardi Gras/Asheville Citizen Times

Laissez les bons temps rouler, y’allLet the good times roll this Sunday in Asheville as the 10th annual Asheville Mardi Gras parade rolls through the streets of downtown, celebrating the Cajun tradition in true mountain style.

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